In order to run Steam and play games, you must normally be connected to the internet. This isn’t always a terrible thing, because Steam’s network includes several essential features like Steam cloud saves, achievement tracking, and automatic upgrades.
However, you can play your Steam games even if you don’t have an internet connection. It’s ideal for when you’re traveling or have intermittent Wi-Fi and want to play PC games.
However, you should know a few things about Steam Offline Mode. It will not work unless you set it up ahead of time.
How to Enable Offline Mode
To successfully configure Offline Mode on your PC, please follow the steps below:
- Start Steam online and tick the “Remember my password” option in the login window.
- Check that all game files have been completely updated.
- Launch the game(s) you want to play offline to ensure there are no additional updates or installation requirements.
- Once you’ve confirmed that the game may be played, exit the game and return to Steam.
- Go to Steam > Settings > Account and uncheck the “Don’t store account credentials on this computer” option.
- Go to the Steam menu from the main Steam window and select Go Offline.
- To restart Steam in Offline Mode, click Restart in Offline Mode.
Offline Mode Troubleshooting
Hopefully, your experience with Steam Offline Mode is trouble-free, although you may occasionally run into troubles. Most games must be launched while connected to the Steam Network before they will run in offline mode.
The typical problem is that when you try to begin a game, you see the message “This game cannot be started in Offline Mode.” If your game’s status is “100% – Ready,” yet when you try to play offline, you get the notice “This game cannot be launched in Offline Mode,” the Steam client and/or game files need to be updated.
If Offline Mode does not function properly, it is possible that Steam was not properly closed the last time you shut down your computer. This may result in the loss of data required for Steam’s Offline Mode to function. To avoid this, make sure Steam is completely closed before shutting down. Do not force-quit Steam; instead, right-click the Steam icon in your taskbar and select Exit.
Alternatively, your firewall may interact with the Steam client, causing Offline Mode difficulties. Many of the ideas in our tutorial on how to solve when you can’t sign in to Steam apply here.
Finally, your computer may believe you have an internet connection even if you don’t. To enter Settings on Windows, use Windows key + I and navigate to Network & Internet > Change adapter parameters. Right-click your connection and choose Disable.
With Steam Offline Mode, you can play games on Steam even if your internet connection is poor or non-existent. Offline mode will not function with games that require an active connection or utilize an external launcher. This feature makes investing in Steam games all the more worthwhile and fun. Remember to set up things properly before launching a game and have fun!